Jakarta. The 2017 Komodo Carnival will be hosted by the West Manggarai district administration in East Nusa Tenggera to promote tourism to the area, especially to Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores.
The festival will be hosted in Labuan Bajo on Saturday (29/07), and is the follow-up event to February's Komodo Festival held in the province as well.
Esthy Reko Astuti, the Ministry of Tourism's deputy for marketing development, said the one-day festival will encompass several activities in an effort to boost tourism to the area.
"This event is just one addition to the many already-existing tourism attractions in Labuan Bajo and can allow us to introduce Labuan Bajo to Indonesia's youth and to the global community," she said in Jakarta.
Esthy also encouraged residents and government officials in Labuan Bajo to maintain facilities at tourism destinations across the area.
"[Labuan Bajo’s] nature and culture are known worldwide. Valentino Rossi visited Padar Island, while Labuan Bajo once hosted Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow. We only have to maintain the cleanliness of these destinations to attract more foreign tourists," Esthy said.
Carnival-goers will be able to enjoy the 5k Fun Run and the Tari Caci dance festival, which will involve as many as 1,000 traditional performers, as well as other music and culinary festivities.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya also showed support for the event and invited travelers to the area.
"A lot of well-known global figures have vacationed in Labuan Bajo [...] travelers will not regret taking a trip there," Arief said.
The government has included Labuan Bajo in its top 10 tourism destinations across the country, which the Tourism Ministry has labeled the "10 New Balis."
The town will soon have its own marina to accommodate yachts.
"After Borobudur, a Tourism Authority Agency will also be established [in Labuan Bajo]. Everyone is moving fast," Arief added.